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The Week Ahead... (Oct. 25)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Tuesday -- Preds Open Practice at A-Game Sportsplex

Join the Nashville Predators at A-Game Sportsplex on Tuesday, October 26 for an afternoon of fun hockey activities. The Preds will be hosting an Open Practice (free to the public!) starting at 4:00 p.m., followed by activities in the Kids Community Corner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. after practice. Fans will have the opportunity to meet a few of their favorite Preds players and participate in a variety of interactive games. In addition, GNASH and a few of the Ladies of Smashville will be on hand to take photos and sign autographs.

Thursday -- St Louis at Nashville
Thursday will be a busy night at 501 Broadway as Nashville welcomes division rival St. Louis Blues to town. Bridgestone Arena will be in the Halloween spirit so be sure to look out for special music, themed videos, and a Halloween performance by the Ladies of Smashville. GNASH and the Ladies of Smashville will also be decked out in their best costumes so don’t forget to wear yours! Additionally, the Preds will continue their support of Hockey Fights Cancer by welcoming Susan G. Komen for the Cure to the arena. They will have several tables set-up throughout the concourse to hand out pink ribbons and accept donations. This is also the last College Night at Bridgestone until December 23 so be sure to take advantage of the College Night discounts. If you can’t make it to the arena, be sure to catch all the live action on 102.9 The Buzz.

Saturday -- Preds at Detroit
The Preds travel to Detroit for a Central division match-up with the Red Wings. This marks the first of six total meetings between these two teams this season. The teams also met six times in 2009-2010, going 2-2-2. Saturday also marks the beginning of a 5 game, 2 week road trip for the Predators. It's a 6 pm CT start on Saturday, so tune in early to coverage on SportSouth or 102.9 The Buzz and the Predators Radio Network.

This Week...
After playing four games in six nights, the Preds have a slight break with just two games on the schedule for this week. Nashville plays a pair of Central Division games this week. The Preds return home on Thursday night to host the St. Louis Blues and then travel to Detroit for a match-up against the Red Wings. Nashville is in the early stages of an extended road swing; starting this past weekend the Predators will play 11-of-13 games on the road leading up to American Thanksgiving.

Injury Report...
  • Marcel Goc, Matthew Lombardi, and Ryan Suter are all on Injured Reserve. All three will be re-evaluated early in the week.
The Week That Was...
Nashville went 2-0-2 last week, including a sweep of its back-to-back weekend road trip at Dallas and at Tampa Bay. The Preds opened the week with a pair of overtime decisions. On Tuesday, Nashville dropped a 1-0 OT game to the Calgary Flames. On Thursday, the Preds hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer Night and earned another point with a 4-3 OTL against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Preds eneded the week with a 1-0 shutout win at Dallas on Saturday and a 4-3 win at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Pekka Rinne started three of the four games this week, stopping 98-of-103 shots (.951 save percentage) with a 1.62 goals against average. Fifteen different players recorded a point for the Preds this week, led by Martin Erat with three (0g-3a). Cody Franson netted a team-high two goals on the week.

This Week In Preds History...
October 25, 2005: Preds win eighth straight to open 05-06 season
After the NHL lockout year of 2004-05, Nashville returned to the ice in the fall of 2005 with a vengeance. The Preds won their first eight games of the season, claimed points in nine straight and posted an overall record of 8-1-1 in October, 2005. Not only was the eight-game run a franchise record for the longest winning streak, it tied the Predators for the third-best start in NHL history, behind only the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres. The stretch included three shootout victories against Western Conference foes Anaheim, Phoenix and St. Louis, and three additional one-goal wins against San Jose (twice) and Colorado. The Predators were most clutch during crunch time, outscoring their opponent 11-4 in the third period.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch  -- Cody Franson's breakaway goal at Tampa Bay.
Watch  -- Anders Lindback's save on Vincent Lecavalier's breakaway at Tampa Bay.

Prospect of the Week...
Linus Klasen -- With three goals and three assists in three games last week, Linus Klasen earned AHL Player of the Week honors. Klasen leads the AHL with seven goals this season, his first season in North America. He scored the game-winning goal in Milwaukee's 3-2 win on Friday night and backed it up with a two-point performance in Saturday's 3-1 win.
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